Normally we don’t like it when studios/magazines/companies photoshop an image to alter a person’s looks, however, in the case of the latest The Maze Runner character posters, we’ll make an exception. These five character posters look amazing in both dramatic and artistic style, giving it a beauty not usually seen in movie posters. It’s quite a difference from some of the previous movie posters that are simplistic in its design, yet eye-catching anyway. (Read our review of the movie after the jump)
Our Movie Review:
Leslie and I were fortunate to watch an advanced screening of The Maze Runner earlier today.
We were certainly excited to finally see how another YA book that we enjoyed reading came together on screen. For those that have read the James Dashner series, the immediate concern is whether or not the movie lives up to the book. Other concerns are the visual effects, the faithfulness of the storyline, the actors portraying the characters “correctly.”
I can’t say whether or not the actors played the characters correctly, because everyone has their own interpretation in their head about what the character looks like, reacts, twitches, and other small nuances. What I can say about the rest of it is that neither of us were disappointed in the the outcome of the film.
In fact, we really enjoyed it!
Regarding the faithfulness to the book, I can say that it stayed pretty faithful. Of course, there were certain aspects from the book that were changed for the mere fact that some things just don’t translate well onto screen, even making it silly and laughable. We both agreed that what was changed, despite maybe being an interesting factor in the book, was not needed in the movie. And once you watch it, you may very well agree with us with at least one particular situation.
The visual effects, considering how low of a budget the movie was made on compared to other effects-heavy movies, was surprisingly good. It moved the story along without it being a major distraction from the actors. Some might have concern about the look of the grievers (as they are described as a little more worm-ish in the books), but again, putting something like this creature onto film, it needed to look scary and deadly and fast, not pudgy or slow or ridiculous. I think Wes Ball did an excellent job of creating a creature that works for both aesthetics and speed.
There were some added scenes that do not happen in the movie, and again, this only helped with building up the story and having it make sense to both the readers and non-readers of the books. Luckily, O’Brien’s character, Thomas, is just as new to the Maze as the viewer is, so it makes it easy to have the characters explain it to us as they are explaining it to Thomas. The hard part is putting in what isn’t explained – what the characters don’t know, but that we as the viewers should know. When it’s done so, it just works.
As for the actors, we both agreed that Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster played their roles perfectly, but we really couldn’t complain about anyone else either. Every actor involved pretty much owned their characters. There was nary a scene in which those in it didn’t stay true to form. It was lovely to see in such a young cast, especially since some of them were pretty much “greenies” in the movie acting business.
Considering that we’ve both read the books, it’s hard to say how much a non-reader would enjoy the movie, however, the lady next to me, whom I have a feeling did not read the books considering how she reacted during a few scenes, stated that she thought it would be excellent as a 3D movie as well. I’m not a huge fan of retrofitting movies to 3D format, but at least she enjoyed it enough to say that.
Unfortunately, we forgot to stay until the very end to see if there were end credits, but I plan on watching it again anyway.
Our grade: A-